The Chief Judge of Katsina State, Justice Danladi Abubakar, has inaugurated nine -man Local Government Election Petition Tribunals.
Speaking at the inauguration, Justice Abubakar said members of the tribunals, of three chairmen and six members would be deployed in the three senatorial zones to receive complaints and petitions arising from the local government elections, held on April 11 in the state.
Hadiza Danja, Muhammad Usman and Umar Khalid are to serve as chairmen in the the three senatorial districts of North western State.
The chief judge said that the overriding objective of every judicial system was to deliver decent justice, which was the pivot and the pillar that guaranteed peace, prosperity and good governance.
He noted that the justice delivery system operated in conventional courts had been bedevilled with problems of delays and prolonged adjournments, unlike the tribunal.
Abubakar, however, explained that the election petition tribunal was a specialised court, with set procedures, rules and practice which ensured speedy determination of cases brought before it.
According to him, by the provisions of Local Government Council’s Election Law No. 4 of 2002 of Katsina State, it is mandatory for the tribunal to hear and determine all petitions within 90 days from the date of filing.
“It is in view of this that three tribunals have been established for the three senatorial zones of the state.
“Each tribunal shall comprise a chairman and two members in each zone, which were just sworn-in.
“I, therefore, urge you to be totally committed to ensuring compliance with the law. You must equally stand firm and avoid acts and conducts that can portray you as being biased.
“There is no doubt that political cases are prone to pressure. You must, therefore, resist all forms of temptations and undue influences from any quarters,” he said.
Abubakar warned that disciplinary actions would be taken against any member of the tribunal found engaging in any form of judicial misconduct.
The chief judge had appointed senior judges and magistrates, with proven integrity as members of the tribunals.
Members of the tribunals have since been sworn in by Justice Abubakar at the High Court of Justice in Katsina Tuesday.
2022 Hajj: Saudi Arabia releases health guidelines, requirements
As the Muslim world prepares for this year’s Hajj exercise, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has released health requirements and guidelines for the 2022 Hajj as part of COVID-19 preventive measures and health protocols for the Hajj period.
The health guidelines, released by the Kingdom’s Health Ministry, through its Nigerian embassy, the Saudi authorities instructed the compulsory use of facemasks whether indoors or outdoors in Saudi Arabia during the Hajj period.
A statement made available to the Tribune Online by the Assistant Director, Public Affairs at the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), Fatima Sanda Usara, informed that Saudi also mandated foreign pilgrims to pay for health insurance that covered the cost of Covid-19 treatment while in the Kingdom.
“Apart from exempting persons over 65 years from performing the Hajj, high-risk pilgrims, categorised as those with severe ailments, such as active cancer or organ impairment, will also be restricted from participating in the exercise.
“Equally, the guideline mandates completion of basic immunization programmes before arrival into the Kingdom. These immunizations, Covid-19 vaccination, yellow fever inoculation, meningococcal meningitis vaccination received not less than 10 days to arrival in the Kingdom: its certificate should indicate the date the immunisation was dispensed,” Usara stated.
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Similarly, the statement stated that the Saudi health ministry requested evidence of poliomyelitis vaccine shot administered not less than four weeks to arrival in Saudi Arabia and not over 12 months ago.
“Notwithstanding the polio vaccination evidence, travellers from countries with known cases of wild polio would be administered with one dose of bOPV at the entry point (the droplets Nigerians usually receive upon arrival in Saudi Arabia),” the guideline stated.
Meanwhile, NAHCON on Wednesday commenced screening and orientation of eligible applicants for the 2022 National Medical Team (NMT).
The screening followed the inauguration of the principal officers of the NMT, who are saddled with the responsibility of pre-selection of qualified medical personnel for the 2022 Hajj operations, on May 12 2022.
Speaking during the opening ceremony of the screening exercise, NAHCON Chairman/Chief Executive Officer, Alhaji Zikrullah Kunle Hassan, congratulated the shortlisted candidates and tasked those that would be successful to distinguish themselves in the discharge of their responsibilities.
Also speaking at the event, the NMT chairman, Sheikh Suleiman Momoh, who doubles as Sheikh Suleiman Momoh, NAHCON’s Commissioner Planning, Research, Statistics, and Library Studies (PRSLS), assured prospective NMT members of the Commission’s commitment to the success of the team.
He, however, enjoined them to make NAHCON and Nigeria proud as one of the best medical teams in this Hajj season.
On her part, the coordinator of the team, Pharmacist Zainab Ujudud Sheriff, urged those to be selected as the NMT members to deliver quality service to the pilgrims whom they would be engaged to serve.
While urging all members to work as a team, noting that NAHCON shall not compromise on discipline, Sheriff also urged them to be governed by their medical professional oath.
2023: Every member important to win gov, diaspora group tells Oyo APC
The North American chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has appealed to stakeholders of the Oyo chapter of the party to embrace unity and resolve to work as a strong force to ensure total victory for the party in the forthcoming governorship election.
The chapter made this call in a communiqué signed by its Chairman, Mr Olalekan Sanni and Secretary, Mr Niyi Adekola that was issued at end of its 2022 Inaugural Lecture and Special Dinner, held in New Jersey.
Lauding ongoing reconciliation efforts, the chapter appealed to stakeholders of the party to consider the overall interest of the party above personal interests and ambitions.
Especially, the APC members said it was expedient for party members to unite and mobilize the electorate for the party to win the governorship in Oyo State in the 2023 general election.
In playing its own part, the chapter said it was committed to supporting the party’s cause through the provision of creative ideas, suggestions that will make the Oyo APC a darling of the electorate.
The communiqué read in parts, “We will continue to support our party with creative ideas that will restore the state’s pacesetting glory, good governance, and bring about total relief, improved wellbeing, and prosperity. We will identify with our candidates as well as encourage them.
“It is also in our interest to ensure that we mobilise our party members, the electorate, and see to its return to the Agodi Government House in 2023.
“Honestly, we need everyone to win this battle because prosperity and development were abundant during the progressive administrations of our late leaders, Alhaji Lam Adesina and Senator Abiola Ajimobi.
Delivering the inaugural lecture at the event, the guest lecturer, Dr Adebimpe Onifade decried that the nation’s amalgamation of different ethnic nationalities into a nation in 1914 continued to be the source of tension in the country.
He noted that a nation containing several ethnic nations will continue to be faced with issues of ethnic rivalry, ethnicity, and nepotism.
Onifade bemoaned that Nigerians continued to be deprived of democratic dividends due to issues of historical geography, political economy, mismanaged income, petrodollar dependent economy, debt overhang, corruption, poor maintenance culture, abandoned projects, and policy incoherence, among others.
Onifade said: “Nigeria is a nation containing many smaller nations. You see every small town adding “land” as a suffix to their name.
“Ethnic rivalry, ethnicity, and nepotism are all human factors, and these are operating standards in Nigeria, a nation containing several ethnic nations.
“The legacy population census of 1963 was the foundation for the 1990 census, and it determines the allocation of national resources. The legacy census data was judged equally suspect, but it was on us by our Colonial Master.
“The political economy of Nigeria is also a major factor. Military governments which operated command economy ruled Nigeria for so long.”
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